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Classes, books, audio books, CDs? - best way to start to learn Polish!


cjjc 29 | 408  
10 Aug 2008 /  #1
Classes?
Books?
Audio books?
CD-ROM?

I'm going to learn Polish! I am! :)

I'm wondering what the best way to start would be and if I could use anyones experience to point me down the right track which books etc worked out best for them.

Dziękuję!

:)
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
10 Aug 2008 /  #2
I don't speak Polish (will be starting in September if time permits), however I do speak several other languages.

Classes are great because you have a teacher who can correct you, plus you can learn from other people's mistakes etc. Also, having to be at a regular class at a set time each week and having to submit homework etc. will keep you on track.

What works for me is to surround myself with the language as much as possible. Hang out with Poles, listen to Polish Radio (I'm listening to Radio Orla - internet radio as I type), pick up a copy of Panorama or Cooltura (both are free) and see how much you can understand... even if it's just the text on an advertisement for phone cards.
southern 75 | 7,096  
10 Aug 2008 /  #3
Get on polish chats like wp.pl,buy a good dictionary and read news in polish sites.
Also listen to some Doda interviews.
LondonChick 31 | 1,134  
10 Aug 2008 /  #4
Doda interviews.

Surely you have to "watch" those ;)
southern 75 | 7,096  
10 Aug 2008 /  #5
Doda interviews.

???

Yes,because you concentrate easier on the oral part this way.
eamerr - | 3  
10 Aug 2008 /  #6
Any good books or cds or anything like that anyone can recommend?
Really want to learn too.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
10 Aug 2008 /  #7
Classes?

Maybe.

Books?

Possibly.

Audio books?

Could do.

CD-ROM?

It's an option.

What about trying to talk to some Polish people? Is that a possibility.
That's how I started. The next step was to join this forum. It's a slow process. The book I have is okay for a bit of learning, but things seem stick in the mind better if I've asked someone how to say something, then repeated it back. I find I have to use each thing I've learnt at least three times before it really sinks in. I suppose I might just be a bit of a slow person.
telefonitika  
10 Aug 2008 /  #8
try these ready available on PF ..... polishforums.com/language/lessons-units-10526/
eamerr - | 3  
10 Aug 2008 /  #9
Cheers for that link. :)
sledz 23 | 2,250  
10 Aug 2008 /  #10
its actually byki.com..:)
Drewski - | 4  
10 Aug 2008 /  #11
Get yourself a polish girfriend, after 2 years you will be fluent.
If you really want to learn polish quicly, that's the way!
Vincent 9 | 821   Moderator
10 Aug 2008 /  #12
Get yourself a polish girfriend, after 2 years you will be fluent

I still think software, books lessons, course, would work out cheaper:))
miranda  
10 Aug 2008 /  #13
boooohoooooo Vinc:)
sausage 19 | 777  
10 Aug 2008 /  #14
Get yourself a polish girfriend, after 2 years you will be fluent

Unless they are fluent in English, in which case you won't make much of an effort.
Vincent 9 | 821   Moderator
10 Aug 2008 /  #15
boooohoooooo Vinc:)

hehe only joking Miranda:) ,, but what sausage has just said is very true
sausage 19 | 777  
10 Aug 2008 /  #16
Get yourself a polish girfriend

This will give you the motivation to learn, for sure.
miranda  
10 Aug 2008 /  #17
hehe only joking Miranda:) ,, but what sausage has just said is very true

so why are you learning Polish Vinc? to torture yourself? LOL
Vincent 9 | 821   Moderator
10 Aug 2008 /  #18
yes it certainly is a torture, but I'm in too deep now can't give it up now:)
miranda  
10 Aug 2008 /  #19
fair enough but you didn't answer my question:)
Vincent 9 | 821   Moderator
10 Aug 2008 /  #20
BTW ..i know that you must be busy getting tomorrow's omnibus edition ready...but don't forget what you promised those folks on the speaking thread...you won't get away so easy:))
miranda  
10 Aug 2008 /  #21
I understand now:)
i know that you must be busy getting tomorrow's omnibus edition ready..

I am not sure it will happen again. I really can't tell. Besides I posted one on Friday so it is not due until then.

but don't forget what you promised those folks on the speaking thread...you won't get away so easy:))

I wish I knew how to do it.
OP cjjc 29 | 408  
14 Aug 2008 /  #22
So I'm downloading Rossetta Stone, Pimsleur and I paid for Learn Polish Now! from digital river because I got a recomendation from a friend.

I also downloaded The PWN Oxford Concise English - Polish, Polish - English Dictionary although I would like a print copy but I want to check it before I buy as with Rossetta Stone and Pimsleur.

Anyways it's a start!

:)
pudddddin 7 | 48  
6 Feb 2009 /  #23
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Books to Learn Polish.. Any Suggestions?

Hi - I was wondering if anybody might know some good materials (books etc) to learn Polish with? I Have been learning Polish for a while now and my vocabulary knowledge is getting better, but without a good textbook to guide me through the language i'm finding it difficult to improve my grammar and general practise of the language. When I first started learning I went to a summer school and the teacher used "Miło mi, panią poznać" - which was a good book, but now is far too easy for me. I need a book that is not aimed at beginners.

I also have "Polish in 4 weeks" (haha! Yeah?? No chance!) which is ok but a little too small and lacking in information and exercises and "Basic Polish Grammar" which is a bit confusing and difficult.

I am an English teacher and just want to find a textbook for learning Polish similar to the textbooks i teach my students English with! Are there any out there?? :D

Thanks for your help in advance.

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